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Origin Stories: Prometheus


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Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 9.30am.

Esa-Pekka Salonen on stage, holding a baton, wearing a black t-shirt


Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
Yuja Wang – piano
Philharmonia Voices


Programme to include:

BEETHOVEN  The Creatures of Prometheus (excerpts)

SCRIABIN  Prometheus: The Poem of Fire

Esa-Pekka Salonen opens his three-concert exploration of Greek myth in music with two contrasting works inspired by an ancient Greek creation story. Both tell of Prometheus, who breathed life into clay to create human beings, and stole fire from the gods to give them light and understanding.

Beethoven wrote his only ballet score in 1801, for an allegory in which Prometheus brings two statues to life ‘through art and knowledge… by the power of harmony’. Beyond the well-known Overture lies music of Classical grace, including the theme that later became the Finale of the ‘Eroica’ Symphony.

Scriabin envelops his audience not just in metaphorical light, but in the colours he associated with different pitches and harmonies – his Prometheus features a part for the ‘luce’, or colour organ. Yuja Wang, renowned for her captivating stage presence, joins the orchestra in the virtuosic solo piano part.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£12 – £58 (premium)

Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running Time

2 hours, including 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+


Please note the choir stalls are not on sale

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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Before the concert

Woman and man in a panel discussion.

Pre-concert talk

Thursday 24 Sep 2020, 6pm

Free, no ticket required

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen againt an all-black background, conducting

Part of Origin Stories: Greek Myth in Music

Esa-Pekka Salonen talking to Philharmonia players

Part of Beethoven 250